West African nations collaborate to fight zoonotic diseases | Local transmission of Zika virus reported in Texas | Manta rays' diet more varied, predatory than previously thought
December 1, 2016
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West African nations collaborate to fight zoonotic diseases
Health ministers from West African nations agreed to develop a coordinated approach to preventing and treating diseases that affect animals and people, but a shortage of domestic financing and veterinarians complicates the effort, according to the World Health Organization. The ministers agreed to undertake national risk assessments, establish alert systems for outbreaks and equip laboratories to handle samples from humans and animals, according to the WHO.
Medscape (free registration)/The Associated Press/Thomson Reuters Foundation (11/28) 
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Local transmission of Zika virus reported in Texas
A case of local Zika virus transmission has been confirmed in South Texas by state health officials, who are working with the CDC on vector control and mosquito surveillance. Texas is the second state, after Florida, to report local transmission of the virus, and the case involves a woman in Cameron County who is not pregnant.
Reuters (11/29),  CNN (11/29) 
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Watch to see how your peers fight heartworm disease
As a veterinarian in Memphis, Tenn., Dr. Chuck Halford knows the importance of year-round heartworm disease protection. That's why he chooses the only veterinary-administered, injectable heartworm disease preventative that lasts for 6 full months.
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FDA: Secondhand smoke harms pets, too
A consumer update from the FDA reminds pet owners that secondhand and thirdhand smoke has ill effects on pets, just as it does on humans. Secondhand smoke is inhaled, and thirdhand smoke exposure comes from residue that accumulates on furniture, clothes and rugs -- places that pets and children spend time, FDA veterinarian Carmela Stamper said, meaning they inhale smoke and pick up residue on their fur.
The Hill (11/30) 
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Veterinarians' heartbreak turns into hope for others
Clovercroft Veterinary Hospital veterinarians Margaret and Jim Phillips of Franklin, Tenn., lost their dog Sandee to heatstroke because they were too far from a canine dialysis machine when she fell ill. They don't want other pets and owners in the area to face the same heartbreak, so they're raising $60,000 to purchase an animal dialysis machine, which will be operated by BluePearl Veterinary Partners veterinarian Marc Bercovitch.
The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (11/30) 
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7 Helpful Tips to Get Your Business in Shape
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Around the Office
Are you the office peacemaker?
(Thierry Zoccolan/AFP/Getty Images)
If you spend a lot of time mediating conflicts or protecting colleagues from office politics, you may have assumed the unofficial role of a "toxic handler," Sandra Robinson and Kira Schabram write. Be mindful of the stresses that the role can bring, and don't be afraid to take a break from being the person everyone feels they can vent to.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (11/30) 
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AVMA in the News
What's at the root of compassion fatigue in veterinary medicine?
New data from the AVMA sheds light on compassion fatigue among veterinarians, with hours worked per week, academic readiness for professional tasks and overall satisfaction with current employment all having a statistically significant effect on burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Age, ethnicity, practice type and other factors also were linked to components of compassion fatigue in at least one of two years professionals were surveyed, and Drs. Michael Dicks and Bridgette Bain note that research generally supports a strong link between adequate compensation and professional satisfaction.
DVM360.com (11/29) 
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AVMA Today
Video: Blood tests for pets
When it comes to the health of your pet, there's more than what meets the eye. That's why blood work performed by your veterinarian is such an important part of diagnosing and treating a sick pet. In this AVMA video, Dr. Joyce Ashamalla covers the basics of why blood tests are needed and what they help find. Watch the video.
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